Advantages great for shopping, great customer services, large clean modern rooms
Disadvantages maybe a bit "out of reality" for those wanting to experience the real Bangkok
Like the traveller on the previous review I was also unsure of what to expect about the Amari Watergate Hotel. We were offered a great deal with a travel agent with 2 nights for the price of 3, which for 3 nights in a 5 starhotel for £150 seemed criminal to refuse!After making the booking we then checked out the hotel online and it looked great. We were not dissapointed.
The Amari is set in Bangkoks main commercial area with 3 of the largest shopping malls within walking distance (however, if walking in 95% humidity across frogger style traffic isnt your style a taxi to the furthest shopping mall - the Siam Centre is 40bahts (75p)The hotel provided us with a free taxi from the airport which was clean and airconditioned and it whisked us away to the foyre of the hotel in about 40 minutes, we were received at the hotel with absolute gratitude, people rushing to take our bags, opening doors and generally being angels to my sister and I that had been travelling for 25 hours, jet lagged and grumpy due to lack of nicotine.
Check in was easy. We were pre-paid and just had to hand in our voucher, we were asked if we would like a smoking or non smoking room but there was a problem because we wanted a smoking room - there were none available in the class of room we had paid for ... no problem said the reception staff, we were upgraded to a Deluxe room (larger, more recently decorated and on a higher floor) FREE of charge, we couldnt quiet believe it as this kind of thing doesnt happen to me and Lyns !Our room was on the 28th floor and I cannot fault it. It was the largest hotel room I have ever had and having stayed in other large cities (New York, Paris, London etc) was double the size of any room I have had anywhere else in a 5* . The room was spotlessley clean with two king size beds with beautiful thai silks as drapes and bed clothes. The lighting was ambient and controlled by a panel by the bed. The bathroom was large and beautiful marble with a large walk in "wet room" shower AND a bath ! The toilet was separate to the bathroom which was great in the mornings when rushing to get ready (2 girls sharing a room what more can i say!) The bathroom goodies were great .... including nail files and RUBBER DUCKYS!! There was a fab reasonably priced mini bar - where they trusted you to pour bar measures from a full sized bottle of Vodka / Whiskey etc. 2 large bottles of drinking water are provided free of charge everyday. There was a fridge which was brilliant for keeping milk / extra water.
The aircondtioning (which believe me is important in Bangkok) in the hotel was great, easy to control, and was never "too cold" although there was "frost bite" setting if you wanted it! The temperature in the coridoors / food areas was also just "right"There were several restraunts at the hotel, the best being Henry J Beans - fab atmosphere, fair prices, excellent thai and american style food and smoking areas for us naughty people. Locals seemed to come in to use it so there wasnt that stale hotel bar atmosphere.
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